Indespensible players get hurt but there is little time given for recovery when he is so important to the team. Of course, he is going to say he feels good. Football is a macho sport. What's he supposed to do? Burst into tears and complain about a headache?
If you ask a boxer how he feels just after he gets his bell rung, he is going to say he is fine. It is seen over and over again, the ref wipes the fighters gloves and calls for the action to resume and POW! the fight is over when the hurt fighter takes one more big shot to the head.
September 20, 2012
Doctors Clear Jets Cornerback for Contact
By DAVE CALDWELL
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was cleared for contact Thursday, and his coaches and teammates all but had a party. He participated full-speed at practice, jamming receivers for the first time in 11 days — and enjoying it.
“I can bang my head on a wall if I want to,” he joked, referring to a concussion that kept him out of a dismal 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh.
The Jets will probably not ask him to try that just for fun, but they will be delighted if he can play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Rex Ryan said he would defer to doctors and trainers for the final say, but he said he expected Revis to play.
“I think you feel good when you have the best player on the field,” Ryan said before practice.
“That can’t hurt you, no matter how you look at it. There’s only one Darrelle Revis. I know I feel good about it. It’s hard not to smile if he’s out there. You feel great as a playcaller. You feel good having the best player.”
Revis sustained a concussion while making a tackle — then being inadvertently kicked in the head by Jets linebacker Bart Scott — in the fourth quarter of the season opener against Buffalo. He did not make the trip to Pittsburgh.
Revis sounded as if he would be ready for anything. After good-naturedly discussing the specifics of a concussion test for nearly two weeks, he was talking about playing a game, fitting into a defensive scheme again.
“I’m just one guy,” he said.
“We have 10 other guys out there on defense. I’m excited to be back. I’m ready to do my job. And the job I always do is to compete and play.”
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